I never thought I would really own a home with a front porch. Or at least one that you could put more than two small chairs on. One that spanned the entire width of the house with steps that led up to it. Although to some, a front porch might not seem like much, to me, it was everything.
A year ago we purchased our 1922 fixer upper and boy has it been a lot of work. The main thing that sold us though was that unbelievable front porch. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in person. 30 feet wide by 12 feet deep, it was exactly what I had been dreaming of for years.
Although the porch appeared rather perfect at first glance, I still had a lot of plans to make it even better. And what were those plans? Well, to paint the brick, of course!
Here is a “before and after” photoshop rendering of the house before we started painting the exterior.
If you read my post (here) about the exterior paint job, you know that we painted the brick a creamy white with a deep charcoal on the wood trim and doors. I have since chosen a beachy blue for the bead board ceiling and added some additional lighting to brighten up the porch in the evenings.
Here was our inspiration for the exterior of house:
And to give you an idea of where we started, here are a few of the before photos of the porch before we started painting.
As you can see, the brick was a beautiful deep red with hints of maroon. Although we loved it, it was just too dark. The porch felt like a dungeon and never seemed to reflect any of the natural light that tried so hard to flood in. You can even see how sunny of a day it was, and it was still all shadows and no natural light.
As soon as we sprayed the first few coats of paint, the porch immediately started to blossom, like I knew it always wanted to.
Once both layers of paint were on, the house took a whole different look. The porch was bright and airy and so so welcoming. The transformation was starting to begin! The above photo is just a progress shot (the trim and a few accents still weren’t painted when I took this photo) but it at least gives you an idea of the progress so far. BIG difference, huh?
Now that you’ve seen the official “before” photos and some of my design inspiration, I will soon be sharing with you guys the design board for the space, filled with furniture visuals and links to the actual products I’m using.
More to come!